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Marigot Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Artefacts © Mersey Viking
Archaeological Artefacts © Mersey Viking

Next to the Marina Port la Royale, on the southern end of Marigot, is a worthwhile archaeological museum, dedicated to preserving St Martin's history and culture. It houses numerous exhibits, including a variety of pre-Colombian treasures excavated by the Hope Estate Archaeological Society and several interesting exhibitions on Arawak culture. There is also a reproduction of a 1,500-year-old burial mound and ceramics dating from 550 BC. The island's more recent history, before tourism took hold, is encapsulated in some evocative black and white photographs of quiet streets populated by a handful of children and donkeys, and of labourers toiling in the salt industry. The museum has a small gift shop for souvenirs and is rewarding for those who want a bit of insight into the island's history as well as a really good tan.

Address: Rue de la Liberté, Marigot